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"Aung San Suu Kyi Needs to Take an Inclusive Approach to Conflict Resolution in Rakhine" by Ye Htut

2017/66, 5 November 2017 Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi made a surprise one day visit to conflict-ridden Maungtaw district of Rakhine state last Thursday, her first visit since ARSA attacked 30 police posts on 25 August. Her visit was intended to reduce international pressure on Myanmar on the…
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"End of Marawi Siege Underscores Critical Importance of US-Philippine Alliance" by Ian Storey

2017/65, 30 October 2017 The end of hostilities in Marawi city in Mindanao has underscored the critical importance of the Philippines’ military alliance with America, despite attempts by President Rodrigo Duterte to forge closer defence ties with China and Russia. According to the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces…
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"Chinese 19th Party Congress Entrenched Xi’s Ambition of Belt and Road Initiative" by Sanchita Basu Das

2017/63, 27 October 2017In the last one week, China concluded its 19th Party Congress and appointed its Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) with President Xi Jinping as its Chair. It also amended its Constitution to include the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. The Party Congress approved of OBOR in the…
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"Illegal Mining in Bintan Portrays Disorder in the Governance of Mining Permits in Riau Islands" by Deasy Simandjuntak

2017/64, 27 October 2017 Since the beginning of October 2017, local residents of Sekuning, Bintan, Riau Islands (Kepri) Province have been disturbed by illegal tin mining activities over a 250 hectare area. The company involved, PT. Adikarya, has been conducting mining operations while only possessing an exploration (i.e. research) permit.…
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"APEC Centrality" by Malcolm Cook

2017/62, 25 October 2017In three weeks, the region’s annual round of leaders’ summits kicks off with the APEC summit in Vietnam on November 11 and the East Asia Summit (EAS) in the Philippines on November 14. Despite these summits being back-to-back and both in Southeast Asia, the major power make-up…
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"Transforming Proton: Can Geely Do It and At What Costs?" by Tham Siew Yean

2017/61, 23 October 2017 The sale of Proton to Geely in 2017 marks another new attempt to transform Proton from a lagging national car company to a global player. The appointment of Dr. Li Chunrong as the new CEO of Proton at end September is an important shift towards this…
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"Anies Baswedan Takes Top Jakarta Office Amidst Controversy Over Pribumi Comments" by Charlotte Setijadi

2017/60, 20 October 2017 On 16 October 2017, Anies Baswedan was sworn in as Jakarta’s new governor at a high-profile swearing-in ceremony. Along with his Deputy Sandiaga Uno, Baswedan won a religiously and racially charged Jakarta election that ultimately saw former ethnic Chinese Christian incumbent governor Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama…
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"President Duterte’s Ordinary Challenge" by Malcolm Cook

2017/59, 10 October 2017 Much of the analysis of the Duterte presidency has focussed on what makes it extraordinary: Duterte benefitted from what appeared to be extraordinarily high approval and trust ratings across all geographical and demographic sub-groups. In his first year in the presidential palace, Duterte had net satisfaction…
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"Thailand’s Rebalancing or “Shopping Diplomacy” for Legitimacy?" by Pongphisoot Busbarat

2017/58, 6 October 2017The visit of Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to Washington from 2 to 4 October 2017 signalled the normalisation of Thai-US relations since the coup in 2014. On the surface, it looked as if Bangkok is trying to rebalance its foreign policy to Washington. But, on closer…
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"Malaysia Drowns Out ASEAN’s Collective Voice on the Rakhine Issue" by Tang Siew Mun

2017/57, 1 October 2017 After weeks of deafening silence, ASEAN finally found its voice on the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. Acting as the ASEAN Chair, the Philippines issued the “ASEAN Chairman’s Statement on the Humanitarian Situation on Rakhine State” on 23 September. The Statement, which…
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